Another busy week - starting off with a very exciting day - The Museum Outreach Programme visited with their Dinosaurs and Fossils. Sally the Presenter expertly explained to the children how fossils are formed - using pictures she showed the children the sequence of a Dinosaur dying and falling down, it's flesh gradually disappeared leaving it's skeleton, which was then slowly covered over many many years with water and soil - the bones then gradually and slowly turned into fossils, which Palaeontologists now find and take back to the Museum - where they put the bones together like a jigsaw puzzle until they can see what it looked like - they are always making new discoveries, but there are still many things we don't know about Dinosaurs - we know how big they were, what they ate, but we don't know what colour they were. Sally then showed the children the huge skull and leg bones of a Tarbosaurus. We measured ourselves against them, and played games about Dinosaurs. We had many Reference books for the children to look at, and the children remembered what they had seen and drew about Dinosaurs in their art books.
The children's interest in nature and creatures continues with the children bringing many things they have found to put on our Nature Table for us all to learn about - including different birds nests, a wasps nest and different seeds and leaves. The children spend a lot of time outside collecting snails - we had so many we had to get a bigger snail house with a secure lid so we didn't find them all around our room. The children also built outside houses for the ones that really wouldn't fit into our inside snail house. We have researched snails and learnt they move on their "foot", "see" with their tentacles, hibernate in winter, have teeth on their tongues, and hatch out of eggs which the female has laid under the ground. A wonderful natural experience!
Our Silkworms continue to grow bigger and bigger - the children check them every day.
Another favourite activity this week has been creating "Margot Stories" - the latest one has continued over the whole week. These stories are made up using our imaginations - I started the story off - this one has been about a bear cave - the children then take turns to contribute ideas to continue the story - the next day we continue where we left off the day before. This is a great fun way to extend the children's imaginations, their ability to put their thoughts into words, how to listen to each other's ideas, how to put their ideas together to make a story - exposure to words - pre literacy skills!
What will happen next week?
Group A Educaters - Margot, Ann and Lisa.